Adbert Alzolay is officially back, having rested up from his blister, and having successfully thrown an aggressive bullpen to test things out. There should be no issue tonight – with the blister, anyway – as he starts against Cleveland. Excited to see him return to a rotation that badly needs him.
Activating Alzolay from the IL means bouncing someone else, and it’s Kyle Ryan going right back to Iowa – he was only just added to the 40-man roster yesterday and called up as back-fill. He stays on the 40-man for now, so he can be brought up and down as necessary in the months ahead. Notably, if the Cubs were leaning toward optioning down a lefty reliever, they opted to keep Brad Wieck for now over Ryan.